February 21, 2010

To be free or not to be free, that is the question (for Tibetans)

To be free or not to be free, that is the question for Tibetans. Well, no, actually: perhaps the real question, for them, is “How to enjoy the freedom of being not free?” At least, that’s what I think one has to look at the whole Tibetan thing after reading this. Or, better still, just don’t free Tibet (great post!). To free or not to free, that’s the real question! Sometimes you have to laugh not to cry...


  1. As China's God is now Capitalism, it stands to reason that if the Chinese don't yet realise the gold mine tourist potential of Tibet, it won't take long before they do.
    They have already built several new airports in Tibet, travel facilities are thus well set up. The next thing however, is to reassure the Tibetans that they have all the freedom and independance necessary to maintain their traditions, values, religion and general way of life. This of course is absolutely essential to attract as many quality tourists as possible. It can't fail.

    With regard to China's refusal to allow anyone to receive the Dalai Lama, the requirements of Capitalism are such that one cannot risk losing too many clients in the process of trying to stop the world from going round. The limitless, mass production of China is such that they could never be able to make ends meet by relying uniquely on Iran. When one is thus irreversibly engaged, one finally has no choice but to accord to the rigid commandments of Capitalism.

  2. Rob in Tibet chinese are making money and getting rich.
    They are destroying the culture and the country by chinesifying it. They are building a huge chinese disneyland where tourists will come and look at fake monks, all members of the communist party...
    Native tibetans are as poor as ever.

  3. Newsweek is really scraping the bottom of the barrel...